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Judge hits 61st HR to tie Maris' AL mark

(AP Photo/Jessie Alcheh)

TORONTO (AP) Aaron Judge had gone seven games since his last home run, 34 plate appearances of fans quieting to a hush and snapping photos with every pitch.

Then with the score tied in the seventh inning on Wednesday night, he drove a 94.5 mph belt-high sinker to left, a no doubt rocket. He had tied Roger Maris' American League record of 61 home runs in a season, what many fans consider baseball's "clean" standard for the sport.

Judge's two-run homer lifted the Yankees to an 8-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays and brought relief to the 6-foot-7 slugger, who admitted having to try to block out distraction.

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AL Batting Average
Rank Name BA
1 A. Judge, NYY.313
2 L. Arraez, Min.313
3 X. Bogaerts, Bos.309
4 N. Lowe, Tex.305
5 J. Abreu, CWS.305
6 A. Benintendi, NYY.304
7 Y. Alvarez, Hou.304
8 A. Giménez, Cle.303
9 S. Kwan, Cle.302
10 J. Altuve, Hou.297
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NL Batting Average
Rank Name BA
1 F. Freeman, LAD.327
2 J. McNeil, NYM.320
3 P. Goldschmidt, StL.318
4 T. Turner, LAD.299
5 M. Machado, SD.298
6 N. Arenado, StL.293
7 S. Marte, NYM.292
8 A. Bohm, Phi.290
9 N. Hoerner, ChC.287
10 J. Turner, LAD.280
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